The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: Chains (unofficial)

Posted: January 19, 2015 in A Little Less Profound
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Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event, Boston, Oct. 4. Photo by Ayaz Asif Photography: https://www.facebook.com/AyazAsifPhotography

Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event, Boston, Oct. 4. Photo by Ayaz Asif Photography: https://www.facebook.com/AyazAsifPhotography

Please Note: Official lyrics to “Chains” and all songs by The Airborne Toxic Event are now available in our TATE Lyrics collection.

“Chains” is the stirring closing track of The Airborne Toxic Event’s fourth studio album, Dope Machines. The track premiered Jan. 19 on VH1.com, and will be available for download from iTunes on Jan. 20 when you pre-order the album. Click here for This Is Nowhere’s review of “Chains.”

Chains – lyrics by Mikel Jollett

Midnight, I stare out the window from my room,
I hear the dogs, it’s going to be dawn soon,
I wonder where you are.

In my mind’s eye, I’m floating alone in the night sky,
The treetops, the buildings beneath me,
I feel my heart beating.

So I try to find anything to kill the time,
To quiet my mind,
There’s got to be something.
There’s got to be someone

Else still awake, in this city I can’t take,
Another night, and I can’t stay,
I’ve got to break these chains away.

The bars close. We stumble around through the echoes,
Hiding our past in some old clothes,
Like it’s some dirty secret.

And I see your face in the passing light,
it’s no good tonight,
I’m tired of putting up this fight,
There’s got to be somewhere,
There’s got to be someone

Else still alive in this city. I can’t hide,
another night, and I can’t stay,
I’ve got to break these chains away.

They lean into the wind, riding on nerves and choking engines,
Built for a time now fifty years gone,
I can hear them whispering at the dawn.

When I’m alone in this cell,
With ten thousand words and nowhere to go,
And I wish you could know,
How much I still need you.

The spell of this town, the graves on the hill lit up like a crown,
The names on the signs, I can’t even say,
How to break these chains away.

Sometimes I feel the pain at the heart of this ember,
All these ashes I choke on, Does anyone remember
Where we came from?
Why we came to a place
With no center
and no edge
and no end?

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  1. […] The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: Chains (unofficial) […]

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  2. Awesome job! 2 parts I hear differently…
    “when I’m alone in this cell”
    and
    “they look like a crown”
    I could be wrong, just wanted to share what I’ve been singing all morning. 😉

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    • Wckd_Mom says:

      I heard the “when I’m alone in this cell” as well, but I do hear the “lit up like a crown”. I am loving this song quite a bit.

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